ROAD racers could be headed for the Isle of Wight next year after a brand new road race has this morning been confirmed for 2021.
The Diamond Motorcycle Festival, which is set to go ahead in October 2021, will feature TT-style races, among other attractions, with a 12.4-mile course incorporating a five-mile stretch on the southern coastline of the island as well as the villages of Chale, Kingston, Shorwell and the edge of Brightstone.
Cllr Dave Stewart, Leader of the Isle of Wight council, is hoping the races will give the island an economic boost and pull in bike enthusiasts from the rest of the UK and beyond.
He said: “We are committed to developing and expanding the island’s economy and this event is sure to thrill local enthusiasts as well as attract visitors from the mainland and indeed northern Europe, which will help to extend the island’s tourist season and provide another boost to our economy in the final quarter of the year.
“Any event of this nature will of course need to demonstrate it is totally safe as safety on our island roads is paramount. I am pleased Diamond Races are also committed to fully supporting our drive for safer driving and riding on our island roads.”
Paul Sandford, CEO and Co-Founder of the Diamond Races, added: “As an Isle of Wight local resident, I am very excited to welcome motorsport fans from across the globe to this beautiful island, for what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend of racing action and entertainment for the whole family.
“The Diamond Races is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication and planning by the whole team, and we’re very lucky to have the best of the best involved with its setup. No stone is being left unturned in striving to deliver a spectacular event which we have every reason to believe will be a regular back-stop to the island’s tourist season and put the Isle of Wight on the international motorcycle road racing map.”
The event will run from Wednesday to Saturday with two three-lap Supertwin races, two four-lap Supersport races and four and five-lap Superbike races, as well as a one-lap Sidecar demonstration. The exact dates are expected after the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike calendar is revealed, but event chiefs are hoping to run the week after the traditional Brands Hatch finale.
Some of the top names in British racing and race organisation are on hand for the inaugural Diamond Races, including Isle of Man TT Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson, former TT winner and British Supersport champ Steve Plater (rider recruiting and safety advisor), ex-roads ace and former Honda Racing manager Neil Tuxworth, ex-British Touring Car Championship driver and Diamond Races co-founder James Kaye and three-time British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal.
For more information on the event, head to diamondraces.com
*Below: A projected map of the 12.4-mile Diamond Races circuit.